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Trinity College Honors 11 for Teaching, Leadership, Diversity

Part of the Spring 2020 Awards and Honors Series
portraits of the 2020 trinity. college award winners

The Trinity College of Arts & Sciences has announced the 11 winners of the 2019–2020 awards for Undergraduate Teaching, Leadership, Diversity and Advising.

Given each year, the awards honor exceptionally strong educators and advisors from across the college. Recipients are selected by Trinity’s Arts & Sciences Council, the Dean of Trinity College, the Academic Advising Center and the Duke Alumni Association, depending on the award, on the basis of student and colleague recommendations.

“The past month has so clearly demonstrated the importance of preserving and advancing our teaching mission,” said Trinity Dean Valerie Ashby in an email announcing the award winners. “It is truly at the core of what we do as Duke.”

Distinguished Teaching Awards

  • Charles Nunn, Gosnell Family Professor in Global Health, Evolutionary Anthropology – David and Janet Vaughn Brooks Award

  • Gabriel Rosenberg, Associate Professor, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies – Robert B. Cox Award
  • Jen'nan Read, Sally Dalton Robinson Professor, Sociology – Howard D. Johnson Award
  • Charlotte Sussman, Professor, English – Richard K. Lublin Award
  • Haleema Welji, Lecturing Fellow, Thompson Writing Program – Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing
  • Bruce Jentleson, William Preston Few Distinguished Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy and Professor, Political Science – Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award

Dean’s Awards

  • Leadership: Leo Ching, Associate Professor, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and Director, International Comparative Studies
  • Diversity: Katherine Franz, Chair, Chemistry & Amanda Hargrove, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Awards for Excellence in Advising

  • Todd Woerner, Lecturing Fellow, Chemistry

  • Amanda Curtin Soydan, Data Analyst and Learning Consultant, Academic Resource Center

“This year’s honors strike a particularly heartfelt note because each of the 671 faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences has been summoned to run an extra mile as we added over Spring Break the qualifier ‘virtual’ to every variety of instruction and mentorship in our ever expanding repertoire of faculty-student interactions,” said Arts & Sciences Council Chair José María Rodríguez García.

“As our Trinity undergraduates rethink their learning process with renewed self-awareness, let us take a moment to recognize the commitment that some the College’s exceptional teachers and advisors make to their students day in and day out.”

Read more about this year’s recipients and see honorees from past years on the Trinity College website: